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New York driver groups push for a ban on autonomous cars

One outfit is even calling for a 50-year moratorium.<p>It's no secret that ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft dream of a day when they can depend solely on self-driving cars, and that's making driver organizations more than a little nervous. New York's Upstate Transportation Association and …

Uber

The Morning After: Monday, January 16th 2017

Time to get ready.<p>Welcome to Monday morning. Over the weekend, we toured Dyson's UK HQ (featuring mannequins, jet engines and more), how China wants increased security for its app stores and our prediction that the best unused Nintendo Switch feature of 2017 will be its 'high definition' vibration …

Tesla

Smart body armor could gauge brain damage from explosions

Sensors could tell whether or not soliders are likely to face trauma.<p>Explosions are insidious. Even if a blast doesn't deliver a conspicuous injury, it can inflict brain trauma that might not be evident until much later. The US Navy's Office of Naval Research doesn't want medics to wait, though. …

The Brain

MIT wants you to change 3D-printed objects after you make them

You wouldn't be stuck with the same design forever.<p>When you 3D-print an object, that's usually all she wrote -- the polymers "die" and prevent you from either adding to your creation or altering its properties. However, things might not be set in stone (or rather, plastic) for not much longer. MIT …

3D Printing

Report: Samsung Note 7 probe finds batteries caused fires

The company will release its investigation results on January 23rd, says Reuters.<p>Samsung has concluded that the Galaxy Note 7's fires and explosions were caused by battery problems, not the phone's hardware or software, <i>Reuters</i> reports. The information comes from "a person familiar with the matter," …

Samsung

Samsung leader faces arrest in South Korea

Prosecutors want Lee Jae-yong over bribery allegations.<p>Samsung's past several months have been pretty lousy, but they're about to get much, much worse. South Korean prosecutors have announced that they're seeking a warrant to arrest Samsung Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong (aka Jay Y. Lee), the …

Samsung

Batteries with built-in flame retardant could prevent fiery mishaps

It can stop batteries from blowing up within 0.4 seconds.<p>One big problem with lithium-ion batteries is that they have the tendency to catch fire and blow up all kinds of gadgets like toys and phones. To solve that issue, a group of researchers from Stanford University created lithium-ion batteries …

Batteries

Virginia bill would effectively ban city-run broadband

Not surprisingly, cable companies are behind it.<p>Now that the FCC can't prevent states from blocking municipal broadband, telecom-backed politicians are doing their best to shut down these government-run networks. Virginia House Republican Kathy Byron has put forward a bill that would make municipal …

Net Neutrality

Canada may have delivery drones in service by late 2017

The country has approved its first UAV test range ahead of a launch this year.<p>Don't look now, but Canada might just join the likes of France and the UK in ushering in the courier drone era. Transport Canada has approved its first drone test range near the tiny village of Foremost, Alberta, clearing …

Gear & Gadgets

Japan's experimental mini rocket launch ends in failure

It was supposed to break new ground, but only highlighted problems with the space program.<p>Japan's space program troubles aren't over yet, apparently. The country's Aerospace Exploration Agency reports that the launch of its miniature SS-520 rocket ended in failure. The first stage went off without …

Space Travel

PBS' new kids' channel lets you flip between streams and games

Children can take a hands-on approach when passive viewing isn't enough.<p>When you give kids digital educational content, you're frequently forced to choose between passive viewing and games. Why can't you offer both? PBS wants to give it a try. It just launched a free 24/7 national channel, PBS …

PBS

China tells app stores to register with the government

It's a security measure, but it also enables stricter censorship.<p>China sees mobile app stores as an untamed frontier with too much free expression and rampant malware, and it's determined to put a stop to both. As of January 16th, the Cyberspace Administration of China will require that all app …

China

Facebook tests fake news filtering outside of the US

A trial run in Germany could influence an election and keep Facebook out of trouble.<p>Facebook's tools for fighting fake news are about to get their first test run outside of the US... and they might just prove vital. The company has confirmed to the <i>Financial Times</i> that it'll trial its new filtering …

Facebook

Volkswagen's modern Microbus remake, and more in the week that was

Also, Tesla's Gigafactory is on track to run entirely on solar energy.<p>The Volkswagen microbus is one of the most iconic vehicles of all time, and now the automaker is set to revive the classic for the modern era. Meet the I.D. Buzz: VW's all-electric, self-driving microbus of the future. In other …

Autos

Ben Heck's Xbox One S laptop

Not exactly what you would have expected Ben to do with Microsoft's latest console, eh?<p>Since the teardown of the Xbox One S, Ben has been designing a laptop using the console's innards. Building a hardware enclosure can be tricky, as Ben has to make sure the specifications are exact. He gets …

Gaming

A visual history of gadgets that have burst into flames

Or exploded.<p>Samsung had a rough 2016. Last year, the company had to recall its Galaxy Note 7 after units were catching fire, followed by millions of washing machines that were exploding in people's homes. But Samsung isn't the only company that's struggled recently with faulty batteries. We've seen …

Samsung

3D zebrafish can replace real animals in the lab

The 3D platform is ideal for neurobehavioral studies conducted to better understand the brain.<p>A few years ago, zebrafish became the new lab rat because of their genetic similarity to humans. So, when a team of researchers from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering decided to develop a virtual …

Fish

France isn't ready to ban cyclists from cheating with motors

The government turned down a proposed law that would punish 'technological doping.'<p>The pro cycling world may be cracking down on the use of hidden motors to cheat in races, but it doesn't look like governments are ready to make it a criminal offense. The French government has shot down a proposed …

Cycling

Next 'Titanfall 2' update mostly ignores the Titans

A new pilot-only mode is the cornerstone of the upgrade.<p>You'd think that any big <i>Titanfall 2</i> update would revolve around the game's namesake robots, but no -- Respawn wants on-foot action to be the focus next time around. It's preparing a free upgrade whose centerpiece is Live Fire, a six-on-six …

PlayStation

Amazon asks the FCC for permission to run secret wireless tests

It could have something to do with the e-commerce giant's delivery drones.<p>Amazon has a mysterious experimental project that it wants to start testing, based on the application it sent to the FCC that Business Insider found. The e-commerce giant has requested for permission to test a wireless …

Gear & Gadgets

Nintendo Switch ditches StreetPass and Miiverse

A company spokesperson said it's because the Switch is more of a home console than a portable.<p>You'll have to say goodbye to your StreetPass collection if you decide to completely abandon the 3DS in favor of Nintendo's hybrid console. David Young, assistant manager of PR at Nintendo of America, told</i> …

Nintendo

Windows 10 is about to get a high-performance Game Mode

Previews will start introducing the feature this week.<p>Microsoft made a big fuss out of the Windows 10 Creators Update's gaming features, and it's nearly ready to start delivering on them... including some that have remained mysterious. The company has revealed that it'll start trotting out a …

Microsoft

Six futuristic off-road vehicles

One has its own roll-up road on board that can create a pathway for other vehicles in hard-to-reach areas.<p><i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>"Where we're going, we don't need roads." When Doc Brown said it, he was driving a flying time machine, of course. But not all vehicles need to become airborne to travel off the …

Transportation

M&D's wireless MW50 headphones aren't perfect, but they sound great

Master & Dynamic’s latest attempt at wireless audio impresses despite some flaws.<p>Master & Dynamic has dabbled in wireless sound before, but big cans like the MW60s aren't always the most convenient to lug around. People's needs change when it's time to pack up our gear and venture out into the …

Headphones

Jets and mannequin heads: Just another day at Dyson's campus

Ever since my teenage years, I've been fascinated by the story of how a clogged-up Hoover led Sir James Dyson on a five-year journey in which he built 5,127 prototypes and almost went bankrupt before finally coming up with the world's first bagless vacuum cleaner. The inventor's namesake company …

Robotics

SpaceX's comeback launch was a success

It's back to business for the private spaceflight company.<p>2016 was a fairly good year for SpaceX, with Elon Musk's spaceflight company inching closer to developing a reusable rocket for missions. At least up until September, when a Falcon 9 rocket exploded during a pre-launch test on the pad at …

SpaceX

Recommended Reading: The Wii U wasn't for everyone

The best long-form writing on technology and more on the web.<p><b>The Wii U Was Great,<br>Just Not For Me</b><br>Luke Plunkett,<br>Kotaku<p>Before Nintendo revealed all the details about its upcoming Switch console, a lot of us took a moment to reflect on its predecessor: the Wii U. While the console offered compelling …

Nintendo

iPhone: 10 Years Later

Sony's new PlayStation headset is premium in name alone

The fit, finish and sound quality don't merit the $150 price.<p>There's no shortage of gaming headsets on the market, and in an effort to distinguish themselves, manufacturers are turning to gimmicks to stand out from the competition. Sony, for example, has several PlayStation-branded pairs, and now …

Headphones

12 iPhone reviews in 3 minutes for its 10th anniversary

The iPhone turned 10 on Monday, forever changing the course of smartphone history. But even game-changing devices, like humans, have good years and bad years. Remember antenna-gate? What about all of those dongles? And that time Apple tried to make the 5c happen. We've rounded up all our reviews …

Apple News